Monday, May 3, 2010

Council of Federation back up ban on human cloning in Russia

Moscow, March 17, Interfax - The Council of Federation at its Wednesday session approved of the changes to acting law temporarily banning human cloning.

The law sets forth an order of using cloning technologies aimed at human cloning and introduces the ban on human cloning, importing to Russia and exporting cloned human embryos.

As was mentioned in the explanatory note to the document, the law regulates questions of protecting human rights and freedoms and enters into force in 70 days after its official publication.

On March 10, the lower chamber of the Russian parliament adopted legislative amendments prolonging the country's ban on human cloning.

Russia's five-year human cloning ban expired on June 23, 2007.

The Russian authorities plan to continue using a temporary ban on human cloning until they enact a federal law that would "regulate the application of human cloning technologies."

The aforementioned amendments, however, do not prohibit the cloning of organisms and cells, including human cells, for scientific purposes.

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